1) Sewing can be physically demanding - bending, sitting, then standing repeatedly, folding, crouching....I had forgotten how hard it can sometimes be. (Especially after a year-long sabbatical -- I am positively aching right now. But that also could be due to the fact that my body has decided that I have ridden the 20's train for far too long, and it is high time for me to start to feel my age.)
2) I almost always feel better about my body when I am in garb/costume - it makes a world of difference wearing things that are tailored. This is a lesson I ought to bring into my every day wardrobe, but thus far, have been too afraid to do.
3) Conversely, most of my body issues are wrapped up in costuming, rather than every-day clothing. Yeah, I hate my arms, but with my daily standbys of stretchy cotton wraps and cardigans and hoodies, who cares? Fitted, non-stretch silk sleeves.....another matter altogether. Flabby tummy and fitted cotehardie? Only when desperately cold/muddy/lazy.
4)Yet all the while, most of my (sporadic) weight loss* has been at least indirectly related to wanting to look better in costume or being thin enough to be able to 'pull off' a particular thing without looking hideous and/or laughable.
*and eventual re-gain, plus more